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As CIO Executive Partners at Forrester, we meet technology leaders in almost every industry sector. One theme is clear: The typical career path, leading to CIO has changed.

No patience for CIOs to learn new tricks.

Companies are now looking to leadership from non-traditional CIO career path sources. Over the past few years, we’ve noticed an increase in line-of-business leaders being appointed CIO. Within the past 12 to 18 months we’ve also seen Digital channel / eCommerce experts, being appointed the overall CIO.

Why are Executives turning to new sources for their CIOs?

For a few decades now, tech leaders have been focused on running a stable, secure, predictable and efficient technology platform. Everyone expects you to get the ‘table stakes’ right. That is no longer enough to keep your position in the company secure.

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via Forrester Blogs Brian Baker

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